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The whole family will enjoy holidays in Orlando, the theme park capital of the world. Located at the heart of Florida - the 'Sunshine State' of the United States of America - Orlando is where holiday memories can be made under sunny skies and with buckets of entertainment at your disposal.

Why go?

Thrilling rides, magical attractions and numerous activities make Orlando holidays unforgettable for kids - and parents! Find out why to go...

Think of the world-famous theme parks of Orlando and you'll probably have a picture of Mickey Mouse in your mind, stood against a backdrop of the famous castle that soars into the bright blue skies above.

Walt Disney World Resort is located at Lake Buena Vista and is made up of Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom - plan to spend at least a day in each of the parks. While Mickey and his Disney chums will become firm friends during your Orlando holiday, there are plenty of other theme parks to excite the kids - from the little ones to the really big kids!

The Universal Orlando Resort is somewhere the family will want to spend some time. The Universal brand runs Universal Studios and the Islands of Adventure theme park, which features the fantastic Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Tread the corridors of Hogwarts, sample Butterbeer, and feel the adrenaline rush of family-friendly rides. Potter fans will go potty for the magical attraction. There are plenty of bars and restaurants within the resort too.

Universal also runs the popular water park Wet 'n Wild, while the SeaWorld Parks family offers dolphin-swimming at Discovery Cove, marine park SeaWorld, waterpark Aquatica, and Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, some 90 minutes away.

Block-based fun at Legoland is easily reached at Florida's Winter Haven, around 50 minutes from Orlando.

Families flock to Orlando for the parks, making it the most popular long-haul holiday destination for Brits. Flights arrive into either Orlando International Airport (MCO) or Orlando Sanford Airport (SFB) with a flight time of around nine hours.

The choice of accommodation in Orlando is vast, with high-end hotels, resort hotels (such as those at Disney and Universal), private villas, and cheap motels vying for business. Much of the accommodation is based on Orlando's main stretch of road, International Drive, where restaurants, bars, clubs, and giant shopping outlets, such as the Florida Mall, can also be found.

Even if you're staying on International Drive, where buses and park transfers cater for visitors, car hire is still a really good idea to get your family from A to B quickly and easily.

Many holidaymakers opt to stay in nearby Kissimmee, which presents a slightly slower pace compared to buzzing Orlando.

Orlando holidays offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy a twin-centred break, with Florida's other treasures contesting for your admiration. Consider spending one week in Orlando and then a week in Miami, the Florida Keys, Clearwater, St Petersburg, Naples, Sarasota, Sanibel Island, Marco Island or Daytona Beach. Or you could team up the theme parks with a Florida cruise.

However you choose to take your holiday in Orlando, you'll get a side order of sun and a great big dollop of fun. TravelSupermarket's search tool can help you find the best deals for your sunshine holiday. Let the magic begin today.

When to go?

Orlando bakes in year-round warm weather, with the summer months seeing the peak temperatures. Find out the best time to go for you...

A high of 35°C in July is not unusual but the summer months are also wet and humid. Expect a short sharp thunderstorm during most afternoons. Christmas is especially magical in Orlando, with temperatures averaging at 22°C and reduced humidity.

What to do?

Whether it's enjoying thrilling rides in Disney World or travelling further afield to spots such as Miami and Florida Keys, Orlando holidays have something for everyone...

Kids and teens: Whatever their age, kids and teens will be enchanted by the Magical Kingdom at Walt Disney World where they can explore six mystical lands.

Relaxing: Take a trip out to Key West where you can spend your days flopped on the beach with nothing more to do than listen to the sound of gently lapping waves.

Active: Everglades National Park is spread across 1.5million acres and activities such as hiking, canoeing and cycling can be enjoyed. Visit Shark Valley and spot wildlife such as alligators and flamingos.

Shopping: Head to Miami where shopaholics will be able to get their fix by visiting the sparkling malls where everything from high-end designer goods to unique and quirky gifts can be found.

What's on?

There are numerous events going on in Orlando year round - so find out what's on when you'll be on holiday to join in the fun...

Orlando Carnival; May: Orlando goes Caribbean in May with four days of music, dance, shows, food and a final-day parade. It's a unique flavour of Orlando with a distinct twist.

Kissimmee Old Fashioned 4th of July: Thousands of people congregate to create central Florida's biggest Independence Day celebration. There is plenty going on throughout the day and the Lakefront Park lights up in spectacular style after dark when fireworks burn bright in the sky. And it's all for free! 

Fresh from Florida Parade; December: The theme park characters join high school and college marching bands on the citrus-themed floats during this parade, which celebrates Christmas and two important college football fixtures. Thousands of people join in the fun in Orlando.